I’ve walked through Stanley Park occasionally on this blog when I’ve been doing one of my general inspections of Liverpool but I’ve never stayed long enough to write a whole post about the place. In the bright winter sunshine of yesterday I decided to put that right.
Later on I’d also walk across it frequently when, as a 12 year old, I began regularly going to Liverpool FC matches, usually on my own (it was a different world then).
I particularly remember the lakes from when I was a boy.And the crowds of people who would be in here playing.
So it’s all looking idyllically great.
Rachael’s started working at Stanley Park this week. Looking at how we could bring more visitors to the park and make it more treasured than it already is.
As we walk around we’re very aware that the park kind of splits in three. The highly ornamental part, the lakes and then the large areas of grassland. We’re not sure if buildings from the past have disappeared over here. Rachael’s heard that at one time there was an equestrian centre. And I remember there being loads of Sunday League football played here. But now it’s looking disused and slightly unloved in this section.
Long gone now and its place for a long time going to be taken by a new ground for Liverpool FC.
So now would be a good time to take a new look at this end of the park. At the things we could do here, the activities that could take place, the uses people in the surrounding area might like to make of this precious Liverpool Park. Rachael and I talked wild flowers, school visits, holiday activities, nature trails and yes, non-league football and so much more. Of putting together the story of this lovely place and seeing where its story could go next.
Rachael and I will be meeting again to walk and talk in Stanley Park.